April 8, 2016 – Wetzlar, Germany – CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, will introduce two new lenses in the Leica Summicron-C cine lens family at NAB 2016, the highly anticipated 40mm T2.0 and the previously unannounced 15mm T2.0. These lenses bring the growing Leica Summicron-C family of primes to 11 focal lengths, all T2.0.
Both lenses share the iconic Leica “creamy sharpness” image quality that sets Leica cine products apart from other lenses with their favorable, natural treatment of skin tones without sacrificing clarity and resolution. They also maintain the compact, lightweight and reliable build quality of the other focal lengths. While all lenses have matched focus and iris ring locations and 95mm front diameter, the 15mm lens is slightly longer like the 135mm.
“With the recent popularity of the Leica Summicron-C lenses in the high-end feature film, television and commercial markets, we received many requests to add more focal lengths,” said Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic. “Highest on the wish lists were the classic 40 mm and a very wide lens. The decision to go with a 15mm is a nod toward one of Leica’s most iconic and popular still photography lenses, the 15mm R lens. Although this is a brand new optical design, we are constantly inspired by Leica’s timeless image quality when designing for motion pictures.”
The Leica Summicron-C 40mm lens is expected to deliver in June 2016 with the Summicron-C 15mm to follow in October 2016. All Leica Cine lenses are currently available from CW’s worldwide network of resellers, which can be found on our Reseller Page.
Recent productions that chose Leica Summicron-C lenses include: Snowden from Oliver Stone, Sundance standout Equity, HBO’s Togetherness and The Young Pope, as well as Mr. Robot on USA and Criminal Minds on CBS.